Ask the Official: When does the penalty box door open…when clock reads zero or moment before?

By Dave Zednik, IHOA VP of Rules & Ethics

QUESTION: When does the penalty box door open? Does it open the moment when the penalty clock reads zero? Or does it open a moment before the penalty clock reads zero so the offender can get his skate on the ice just as the penalty clock reads zero?

ANSWER: A player may not return to the ice prior to the expiration (or termination) of his/her penalty. Strictly speaking this has very little to do with the door considering players used to hop over the boards many years ago. As long as the player does not return to the ice before the end of the penalty it really does not matter when the door opens.



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